Points East & West

‘Anniversaries all too quickly become a substitute for clear thoughts about the present. As the victors of the war, for example, we have written our part in its history in rose-tinted ink’

‘Even the most patriotic Russian can see that their rulers have been lying to them about Ukraine. They may also wonder why Ukrainians can choose their rulers freely and Russians cannot’

‘Unlike its bigger counterpart the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan is a beacon of democracy, freedom and the rule of law’

‘Russia successfully meddles in Western politics, but I now worry more about China’

“Far from being the harbinger of a more transparent and law-abiding Iran, the Zanjani trial is just an attempt to settle scores”

‘The very few actions the President has taken with regard to Syria have actually made matters worse’

“The West should acknowledge that a ground deployment of sorts is, ultimately, the only way to quash IS”

“Terrorism is first and foremost a problem of public security. But its defeat can only emerge from a battle of ideas against its ideological underpinnings”

‘Europe must force Iran to rethink its support for Assad, the main cause of Syrian misery and the migration crisis’

“The nuclear agreement is the best deal that Iran could have hoped for”